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What if you knew data behind the fastest growing SaaS companies today? Each morning join Nathan Latka as he spends 15 minutes interviewing SaaS founders. You'll learn how SaaS CEO's launched their startup and grew it into a business. SaaS Founders range from bootstrapped to funded, MVP to 10,000 customers, pre revenue to pre IPO.
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Oct 22, 2016

Ariel Camus, a product builder, 500 startups alumni and the CEO and Founder of TouristEye, acquired by Lonely Planet in 2013. Today, Ariel is building a new education system called HackerPath that utilizes collaboration between peers and bots.

Famous Five:

  • Favorite Book? – Founders at Work
  • What CEO do you follow? –
  • Favorite online tool? — Google Apps
  • Do you get 8 hours of sleep?— No
  • If you could let your 20 year old self know one thing, what would it be? – “Relax, you’re doing well. Have more fun”

 

Time Stamped Show Notes:

  • 01:12 – Nathan introduces Ariel to the show
  • 01:35 – TouristEye is Ariel’s first company and exited it in 2013
  • 01:45 – TouristEye is a travel guide for mobile devices with all information offline
    • 02:03 – Revenue is from referral fees and premium features in application
    • 02:24 – Raised funding for TouristEye
    • 02:55 – Acquisition price of Lonely Planet
    • 03:18 – Why did you sell TouristEye?
  • 04:50 – Ariel was 26 when he sold TouristEye
  • 05:00 – Ariel joined Lonely Planet after selling TouristEye
  • 06:00 – Ariel is starting a new project related to teaching
    • 06:30 – Building a new platform online
    • 06:46 – The project is called HackerPath
    • 07:04 – Still in the process of building the database
    • 07:18 – Goal is to make it open to everyone
    • 07:37 – Recruiters are charging companies a 20% fee
    • 07:53 – Currently pre-revenue
  • 08:20 – No retainers for TouristEye
  • 09:00 – “Do something you really love. Don’t waste time and just do it”
  • 09:24 – Ariel and his friends talk about ideas and how to make to make it happen
  • 10:00 – What salary would be giving up should you decide to quit completely?
    • 10:12 – A 6-digit salary
  • 10:35 – “I can start a new business and pay developers to help me”
  • 11:04 – Most of the money that were spent so far was for an experiment that was launched last week called Coderoulette
    • 11:25 – Did it to validate the interest
    • 11:33 – Did well on the launched
    • 11:45 – Used existing technologies
  • 12:00 – Put in $ 10-15,000 for the project
  • 12:19 – Connect with Ariel through Twitter
  • 13:30 – The Famous Five

 

3 Key Points:

  • Do something you really love. Don’t waste time and just do it.
  • Selling a business is a crucial choice – make sure you won’t regret it.
  • Relax and have more fun.

 

Resources Mentioned:

  • Toptal – Nathan found his development team using Toptal  for his new business Send Later. He was able to keep 100% equity and didn’t have to hire a co-founder due to quality of Toptal  developers.
  • Host Gator – The site Nathan uses to buy his domain names and hosting for cheapest price possible.
  • Freshbooks – The site Nathan uses to manage his invoices and accounts.
  • Leadpages  – The drag and drop tool Nathan uses to quickly create his webinar landing pages which convert at 35%+
  • Audible – Nathan uses Audible when he’s driving from Austin to San Antonio (1.5 hour drive) to listen to audio books.
  • Assistant.to – The site Nathan uses to book meetings with one email.
  • @arielcamus  - Ariel’s Twitter handle
  • Show Notes provided by Mallard Creatives
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